best 9mm for CCW

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  1. rglbegl

    rglbegl New Member

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    I am the new guy on this board, so it is time to enlist your help.

    My next pistol will be a 9mm. I need your opinions on what I should buy. It will primarily be used at the range, so decent accuracy would be nice, but it also needs to be small enough to use as a CCW.

    1. I will not spend more than $1000 on it
    2. It MUST be reliable
    3. Must be 9mm
    4. SA/DA does not matter
    5. I hate Glocks ( no offense anyone, they just arent comfortable for me )

    --With that in mind, please list your THREE favorites.--
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    How about a Springfield 1911-A1 in 9mm ?

    Or even a Browning Hi-Power ?
  3. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Shooter 45 recommended exactly what I would have.

    I have a Browning Hi-Power Practical that I have carried for several years and shot extensively with no problems and great success. My wife has recently also done so and loves it.

    We also have a Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec .45, which is also a fantastic weapon.

    I would highly recommend the Browning in 9mm if that is the calibre you wish. However, if I were to do it over, I would most likely buy it in .40 S&W.

    Great to see you on TFF and we hope you will join us often.
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  4. denfoote

    denfoote New Member

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    Let's see.
    On the big side there is the famous Browning High Power.
    Getting smaller, but right on the edge of your price range is the Walther P5.
    The smallest and a really great gun is the Kahr MK9 Elite.

    All three of these would fit your bill to a tee!! :D
  5. Whitefang81

    Whitefang81 New Member

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    best 9 mm ccw gun?
    My dads got a STI BLS in 9 mm, its a 3 inch 1911 style gun in 9mm, he shoots 3 inches at 25 yards off hand
    check out STI's website
  6. Hydra Shok

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    For my CCW tastes, it has to be lightweight and small. That's why I carry a Taurus Millennium PT-111. It's the same size as a GLock 26 and looks like a Kel-Tec P-11 to me. It's DAO with a long heavy trigger, it's not long or heavy enough to be unmanageable though. It has a saftey on the slide that can be manipulated with your thumb easily. It also has a locking mechanism on the right side of the slide that will lock the gun from firing and the slide being worked. I carry mine in a De Santis 028 E1 IWB leather holster. It was about $350 NIB. If I had the $1000 limit you are talking about, I would definately look at the Kahr line of pistols. I have never fired one but I looked at one at a gun show and was very impressed with the size, weight, and trigger. Every thing I have read in my gun magazines has also been favorable about them. My $.02 worth. :D


    Since this posting I sold my Millennium to purchase a Glock 19. It wasn't that I did not like the Millennium, it is a very nice series of pistols not to mention safe. The main reason I sold it was the grip was just a little too short in the hand and the 19 filled it up a little better since I do have large hands. Thumbs up for the Millennium and Glock 19!
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  7. kingjoey

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    How about a Makarov (with a Pearce grip, of course)? Small, super-reliable, holds 8+1, accurate, and the 9x18M cartridge is outright evil inside 25yds. Plus it doesn't overpenetrate like the 9mm Luger, which is a really important consideration if you have to use it in a public place.

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  8. BigZig

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    9mm

    My choice was the Springfield XD9. I also looked a Glocks but didn't like the "fit". When my dealer showed me this it was love at first sight. Never looked back.
  9. IShootBack

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    Why stick with only 9mm??

    Many other excellent choices in other calibers ya know.

    ISB
  10. merc

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    Hi
    I like smaller pistols size wise for carry.
    Small thin pistols are .380 Bersa Thunder,
    9 mm S&W 6909
    Walther PP .32
  11. IShootBack

    IShootBack Well-Known Member

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    There Ya go, talking about calibers OTHER than what you originally said you were going to buy.

    As I said many other VG choices.

    How about a nice revolver with 2" barrel???

    They conceal nicely.

    Are affordable.

    Come in respectable self defense calibers.

    Easy to maintain.

    Learning to use is simple.

    MY $.02

    ISB
  12. Marlin

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    I have always carried a larger weapon and still prefer, if it is a 9mm, my Borwning Hi-Power.

    Like the fire power of the .45 better, though, and carry a full size 1911, instead, with a model 60 on the ankle for a back-up!
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    As a ccw pistol, the Browning is a poor choice, if you are smaller than Shaq, since the pistol is larger than most; It can be done, but you are really working uphill, here.
    The Kahr MK9 Elite is a neat little piece, but has no "second strike" capability, and is somewhat heavier than I would choose to carry, 24/7. Just the same, my MK9, a pre-production, dealers sample gun, has been absolutely reliable, and very (2"/ 25yds) accurate, which is darned hard to fault.
    If the caliber is writ in stone, a Smith & Wesson 949, the little 5 shot, airweight, 9mm revolver( Hammerless) would be hard to beat! It's less than half the weight of the Kahr, a third the bulk of the Browning, and if you can't get it done with 5, you can't improve with hardware; practice is the only answer.
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    My choice is the Sig P239 - top in this picture. Very accurate , reliable , lightweight , easily concealed , very good trigger in both double and single action. Very simple takedown. Feels much better with Hogue grips.

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  15. Remington597

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    I agree with hydrashock. The Taurus Millenium and the Kel Tec P11 are excellent choices.
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